Walmart takes on Amazon in next-day delivery contest

Daniel Fowler
May 16, 2019

"It is available on eligible orders of 35 dollars or more, with the specific assortment varying by customer location", he added. NextDay delivery service now is available first to Walmart customers in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and there are plans to expand to southern California in coming days. The service, which Walmart is calling NextDay, is available in Phoenix and Las Vegas and is expected to launch in Southern California later this week. Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S., says NextDay delivery will roll out gradually over the coming months, with a plan to reach approximately 75 percent of the U.S. population by the end of the year. Walmart started offering same-day pickup in its stores in 2011 and caught up with Amazon's two-day free shipping two years ago by offering it without a membership fee. The retail giant will roll out the offering to more locations in the coming months, including 40 of the top 50 major cities in the USA, with the intention of making it accessible to 75 percent of the United States population by the end of the year. Next day shipping also has a minimum purchase order of $35. This will enable Walmart to ship items in one box, or as few as possible, for a shorter distance via less expensive ground shipping. This news comes on the heels of an April 25 announcement that Amazon will be moving to make one-day shipping the standard for Amazon Prime members.

Walmart said it is able to offer its NextDay delivery service because it has "built a network of fulfillment assets that are strategically located across the U.S." that allows it to place "the right products in the right fulfillment centers based on where customers are located and what they are ordering".

The company also created a grocery pickup and delivery service that is expected to provide pickup in 3,100 stores and delivery from 1,600 stores by the end of the year, covering 80 and 50 percent of the USA population, respectively. All items in the basket must be eligible for NextDay shipping. Cut-off times will vary by location, according to the company.

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NextDay delivery is a great complement to our same-day Grocery Pickup and Delivery options, and free two-day shipping on millions of items.

Walmart also said it is positioned to offer even faster delivery to customers within the near future.

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